Water and Society: The Future of America’s Water: Understanding the landscape of water risks, and addressing the associated societal and economic impacts

Session ID#: 22769

Session Description:
Water is critical for economic growth and security, food and energy production, industrial and urban activities, and environmental services. The United States is currently burdened with aging infrastructure which undermines water quality and exposes communities to the risk of catastrophic failures.  In addition, water policies across the Unites States are often regionally specific and do not consider the hydrologic system, leading to inefficient use and overuse of ground and surface water resources. We seek submissions that address America’s major water challenges and opportunities including the nexus of food-energy-water, the changing landscape of water risks (quality, infrastructure, spatial and temporal availability), the impacts of climate change and variability on policymaking, and methods for addressing these issues into the future on a national level.
Primary Convener:  James A Rising, University of Chicago, Berkeley, IL, United States
Conveners:  Mengqian Lu, Columbia University of New York, Palisades, NY, United States, Vincent Carroll Tidwell, Sandia Natl Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, United States and Emre Eftelioglu, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN, United States
Co-Organized with:
Public Affairs, and Hydrology

  • GC - Global Environmental Change
  • H - Hydrology
Index Terms:

1807 Climate impacts [HYDROLOGY]
1880 Water management [HYDROLOGY]
4319 Spatial modeling [NATURAL HAZARDS]
4343 Preparedness and planning [NATURAL HAZARDS]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Sean Alexander Woznicki and James Wickham, Environmental Protection Agency Research Triangle Park, Research Triangle Park, NC, United States
Stuart Michael Cohen1, Yinong Sun2, Kenneth Strzepek3, James McFarland4, Brent Boehlert5 and Charles Fant5, (1)National Renewable Energy Laboratory Golden, Golden, CO, United States, (2)National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO, United States, (3)AAAS Science Policy Fellow hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, United States, (4)U.S. EPA - Climate Change Division, Washington, DC, United States, (5)Industrial Economics, Inc., Cambridge, MA, United States
William L Hargrove, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX, United States, Michelle Del Rio, The University of Texas at El Paso, CERM, El Paso, TX, United States and Marcelo Korc, Pan American Health Organization/WHO, Washington, DC, United States
Naresh Devineni, CUNY City College of New York, New York, NY, United States and James A Rising, University of Chicago, Berkeley, IL, United States
Kenji Doering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, United States and Scott Steinschneider, Columbia University of New York, Palisades, NY, United States
Kai S Lepley1, David M Meko1, Ramzi Touchan1, Eylon Shamir2 and Rochelle Graham3, (1)University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, United States, (2)Hydrologic Research Center, San Diego, CA, United States, (3)Hydrologic Reseach Center, San Diego, CA, United States
Amrita Singh, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada and Jean-Daniel Saphores, University of California Irvine, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Irvine, CA, United States
Laureline Josset1, Maura Allaire1, James A Rising2, Chacko Thomas3 and Upmanu Lall4, (1)Columbia University of New York, Palisades, NY, United States, (2)London School of Economics, Grantham Institute on Climate Change, London, United Kingdom, (3)Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, (4)Columbia University, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, New York, NY, United States
Hongkai Gao1, Dai Yamazaki2, Tim Finley3, Theodore J Bohn1, Glen Low4 and John L Sabo5, (1)Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, United States, (2)The University of Tokyo, Institute of Industrial Sciences, Tokyo, Japan, (3)Dow Chemical Company USA, Freeport, TX, United States, (4)The Earth Genome, Mill Valley, CA, United States, (5)Arizona State University, School of Life Sciences, Tempe, AZ, United States
Mark Elliott1, Parnab Das1, Aaron Blackwell1, Erdogan Aytekin1, Yue Hu2, Kevin White3, Robert Jones4 and Yuehan Lu5, (1)University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, United States, (2)Peking University, Beijing, China, (3)University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL, United States, (4)Down to Earth, Inc., Camden, AL, United States, (5)University of Alabama, Department of Geological Sciences, Tuscaloosa, AL, United States
Kara Marsac and Alexis Navarre-Sitchler, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, United States
Naresh Devineni, CUNY City College of New York, New York, NY, United States
Maura Allaire, University of California Irvine, Planning, Policy, and Design, Irvine, CA, United States, Shuyan Zheng, Columbia University, New York, United States and Upmanu Lall, Columbia Univ, New York, NY, United States

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